Not Financially stable enough to lose assistance.
Please pray for my spouse and me to make it. We had been living in a state of homelessness for years and when the Coronavirus hit, we were blessed to be taken into the Prolodge Program. Due to my husband's poor health, he was high risk to catch the virus. During this time we were supposed to be given case management to help us seek housing and follow up with ways to be able to stay housed. Unfortunately we were let to slip thru the cracks and all of the achievements accomplished soon didn't mean a thing with case managers failing to follow thru with the tasks the had promised, and then losing our vital records such as our credentials. We went thru several case managers who were temps, or just left to work for another organization while "handling" my husband's social security case that had been appealed quite some time ago and that person was still receiving all notices for when the hearing would be and was not responding nor giving us any of the information about the case for nearly a year. So we then were passed on to the next project/ program, Austin's Bridge Project to house the homeless, and eventually I found us a place on my own with very little help from the nonprofit that was shut down for chronic mismanagement and the neglect of clients. We have been struggling to try and make ends meet and thought we had caught a break when a second organization picked us up to carry out what the first organization did not. Now we are facing losing everything that we spent nearly 3 years trying to achieve, because they are claiming our two years of assistance is up just a month before our lease is up and two months before his court date for his social security. (The case manager who was originally handling his ssi case reconnected with us when we were picked up by the second organization in October of 2022.) If we could just make it thru to May, he could possibly win his case and then we would actually have income. We have food stamps and a housing voucher but the voucher only covers so much and we are expected to pay the rest as of next month. We are by no means ready to try and take on any financial responsibility. We have no way to do our laundry. (I've been washing what I can by hand and hanging the clothes to dry) my husband's health is still pretty poor, and we have our kitties we love very much that we also have to be able to take care. We have been almost more stressed out that when we had been living on the streets because we have been trying to do as much as we can on our own already. ( Some people will not take us seriously without an advocate) When we were taken into the hotels for the prolodge program we had been reassured several times not to worry that no matter what they would get us into housing and they would NOT let us lose everything again and end up back on the streets but as we're getting closer and closer to the date of renewing the lease, things are not looking great.... Please just pray for us that it all works out and this was all worth the stresses and the struggles to get here. I just read the city was nearing a half a BILLION in donations for housing and housing programs. So there's no way they will let it all just end for us now, right? Please pray for us. We are good people and we really don't normally complain but this is terrifying. His health and my emotional state can not take starting from zero again.
City/State: Austin, TX, USA